Fiesta del Gran Poder

Our first weekend in La Paz coincided with the Fiesta del Gran Poder (translated as the “Festival of the Great Power”). This is a religious celebration that pays homage to El Señor del Gran Poder or Jesus Christ.

The festival features thousands of dancers and musicians parading down the sprawling streets of La Paz, flaunting their colourful costumes while thousands of spectators cheer on.

The parade route was extremely long and lasts over 12 hours! It was great to see the diversity of Bolivia through the varied traditional costumes representing different tribes from around the country.

During the afternoon we watched the parade from above from the comfort of a Turkish restaurant. In the evening we joined the crowds in the street and were adopted by a lovely family who explained where each of the dances originated – in between swigs of an unknown Bolivian spirit of course.